Events Set to Mark Twenty Fifth Anniversary of ADA Across State, Region

By Mike Reynolds

Ability Maine Staff


            Since 1990, the passage of The Americans with Disabilities Acts was a landmark, watershed moment that helped the progression of the rights people with disabilities have today. Examples are the ability to travel using public transit of all kinds across America, the ability to take wheelchair access for granted because Federal Law requires accessibility in a generation, and construction, including renovations, of accessible facilities throughout the country.

This law, which has had such a profound impact on the lives of people with disabilities, is celebrated each year on the anniversary of the signing of the law, July 26, 1990. Here are some events marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA across Maine and New England,

Within Maine:


On Friday July 24, 2015, Disability Rights Maine, (formerly Disability Rights Center of Maine) is hosting a free picnic between noon and 2 pm at Capitol Park in Augusta. The event will not be rescheduled, so in case of a chance of showers, give Disability Rights Maine a call at 1-800-452-1948. If you have further questions, contact Riley Albair at


On Saturday July 25, 2015 there will be a discussion forum being held at Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library The panel is part of a larger oral history project on the ADA, and will include Dennis Fitzgibbons, Matt Peterson, Jeremy Libby, Dennis Clarrage, and Daphne Sprague discussing the impact of the ADA, what has been accomplished by the ADA, what has not been accomplished, and what still needs to be done. For more information contact Keith Ludden, and check out the Oral History and  Folklife Research website is available at


Across New England


On Saturday July 25, 2015, The city of Worcester and other area social service agencies, will celebrate 25 Years of the ADA  at Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA 01604 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The celebration will showcase local talent and resources. The celebration will include entertainment, interactive exhibits and activities, as well as educational resources, food and dance.


On Wednesday July 22, 2015, The New Britian,CT Youth and Family Services is holding their 2015 “Abilities Walk and Roll” ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration with “The Soul Sensations”  performing in a free concert beginning at 5:30 pm at Walnut Hill Park in New Britian, CT. The link to their Facebook event page is


Finally, on Wednesday July 22, 2015, The New England ADA Center and the Institute on Human Centered Design are presenting a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA on the Boston Commons, on the corners of Beacon and Charles Streets, in Boston from 11 am to 3 pm. For full information on what looks to be a pretty impressive event, check out the official site at